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Cabela's will place outdoor retail store near Costco in Augusta

Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:24 AM
Last updated Friday, July 26, 2013 1:19 AM
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A grass-covered piece of ground next to the Augusta Canal and Interstate 20 that Bass Pro Shops once considered for an outdoor goods store will instead become the site for one of its chief rivals.

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Walter Sprouse (from left), the executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority; Mayor Deke Copenhaver; and Dayton Sherrouse, the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority, make a joint announcement on Alexander Drive in Augusta of a coming Cabela's sporting goods store.  TIM RAUSCH/STAFF
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Walter Sprouse (from left), the executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority; Mayor Deke Copenhaver; and Dayton Sherrouse, the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority, make a joint announcement on Alexander Drive in Augusta of a coming Cabela's sporting goods store.

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Cabela’s Inc. said Thursday that it will construct a 42,000-square-foot store near Costco at the Village at Riverwatch commercial development.

Though it came a day after the announcement of Bass Pro Shops’ new site for its Augusta store a few miles down the interstate, Cabela’s announcement was tied to its corporate earnings and not a response to the other store, said Walter Sprouse, the executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority.

Sprouse said construction will begin in a few months. Cabela’s said it will open next spring. Its Outpost style store will employ 90 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

The store will cost about $10 million to build, Sprouse said.

It will be Cabela’s first store in Georgia. The Nebraska-based retailer also announced a 100,000-square-foot store in Acworth, Ga., which will open a few months after Augusta’s.

“Cabela’s is very excited about our two Georgia locations,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s chief executive officer. “Georgia is full of outdoorsmen and -women who have supported our catalog and Web site for years. The Augusta Outpost store will be a great start to bringing Georgia the full Cabela’s retail experience.”

Cabela’s operates 45 stores across the U.S. and Canada.

Older Cabela’s stores cover nearly 200,000 square feet. Newer-generation stores are between 80,000 and 100,000 square feet, with the Outpost concept being half that size. The half-size stores are going into markets of fewer than 250,000 people. Cabela’s opened two Oupost stores in 2012.

Bass Pro Shops will open a smaller store concept on Mason McKnight Jr. Parkway near CarMax, covering about 50,000 square feet, by late 2014 or early 2015. That store will employ between 200 and 250 people.

Bass Pro Shops in 2008 picked a site at the Village at Riverwatch, but delays and the downturn in the economy slowed company growth and the company removed Augusta from its plans, only to resurface with the Columbia County deal Wednesday.

The Village at Riverwatch is a 92-acre development owned by Dallas firm MG Herring Group. The center’s concept has shifted over the past six years from lifestyle shopping center with high-end retailers to a Belk-anchored strip with a hotel. The first tenant was Costco in 2011. Cabela’s and a Georgia Theater Co. theater will be the next tenants.

Sprouse said the development authority has been working with Cabela’s for about nine months. The incentives involve extending streets and water to the property. He said he is unsure whether Cabela’s will participate in the tax allocation district in place for the commercial development.

“National retailers like this look at the strength of your local economy. When you see the expansion of Plant Vogtle, the NSA facility, the consolidation of the university, they’re seeing the strength ... and that’s why they’re investing in Augusta,” said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

The Cabela’s store will be involved with the nearby canal.

“We have a development agreement with the owner,” said Dayton Sherrouse, the executive director of the Augusta Canal Authority. “While we want this development, we don’t want it to negatively impact the nature.”

The street lighting will be pointed away from the canal, and there are height limitations to the buildings, he explained. The authority has committed to moving a trail to the development’s side of the canal so it can be accessed.

“Immediately behind the store, there’s some wetlands there. We’re planning on doing some boardwalks through there,” Sherrouse said. “So there are a lot of opportunities to partner with them on the canal.”

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restguy
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restguy 07/25/13 - 08:35 am
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Great news . Now if we could

Great news . Now if we could get a Bob Evans to come to town...

David Parker
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David Parker 07/25/13 - 08:36 am
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I get a warm fuzzy thinking

I get a warm fuzzy thinking how this breaking news will make some feel

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 07/25/13 - 08:49 am
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curly123053
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curly123053 07/25/13 - 08:52 am
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Good!

A Double bonanza for the CSRA as a whole with Bass Pro and Cabela's coming.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/25/13 - 08:56 am
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In before someone says how

In before someone says how the VAR is going to another level and will soon attract a movie theater, Dave & Busters, Container Store (???), Hilton Hotels and a zillion other things!

All kidding aside...this is more awesome news! Again, a bit disappointed in the size of this store, though. The press release makes it sound like the store will have constantly revolving selection based on the season (since it's small compared to their others), with a bunch of kiosks in the store where customers can order from their entire online selection and pick it up in store when it comes in. Regardless, it's sure to bring other retailers with it.

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Marinerman1 07/25/13 - 09:13 am
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Getting Better

I'm with you, 'restguy', I would love to see a Bob Evans here. Wife doesn't agree, but what does she know. There IS going to be a theater in VAR. It appears that things may be getting better. And both of the new places carry GUNS !!

GeorgiaCarolina
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GeorgiaCarolina 07/25/13 - 09:16 am
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Where is he?

Where is CountyMan? He is probably being given oxygen after this news.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 07/25/13 - 09:45 am
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This great, I would much

This great, I would much rather shop at Cabelas than Bass Pro, and I don't have to drive out to Columbia County to do it!

RobertH
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RobertH 07/25/13 - 09:57 am
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Both shops will be nice

Both shops will be nice additions to the Augusta area, regardless of the county they fall in. It will be much better than having to travel 100+ miles. More jobs in the area will be a good thing.

triscuit
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triscuit 07/25/13 - 10:00 am
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I think Academy will be okay,

I think Academy will be okay, but Dick's, Walden's, locals?? Also Bass Pro is almost across the interstate from Augusta Marine, who sells BasstTracker boats..What happens to the little guy?

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 07/25/13 - 10:21 am
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Too bad Cabela's is not

Too bad Cabela's is not going to be in Grovetown, Augusta can have Bass Pro, hope Dick's folds with it's liberal policies.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/25/13 - 10:42 am
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Waldens will get my biz.

Waldens will get my biz. Nothin against the big box stores, well something against them, but I'm not gonna be a Debbie downer today.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 07/25/13 - 10:50 am
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LOL

@ Georgiacarolina

Rob Pavey
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Rob Pavey 07/25/13 - 10:52 am
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bass pro, then cabelas - more the merrier

we'll never have to wait in line for ammo again

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/25/13 - 10:53 am
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@Rob

Clearly you haven't been to either one lately!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/25/13 - 11:04 am
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Double cool!

Richmond, Columbia, Aiken, Burke, South Augusta...who cares, it's all the CSRA and all good for us!! Yahoo! The economy is turning around -- despite O's misguided policies!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/25/13 - 11:36 am
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@bdouglas

I think your observation to my buddy Rob is right. You don't have to wait in line for ammo because there is none. All of it gets sold from the backroom or from under the counter being saved for insiders. I have some .30.30 ammo that I bought in the 70s and it works just fine. Got vintage .06 too.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/25/13 - 11:38 am
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Oh, about countyman.

He's always in the know so I am sure he knew about the Bass Pro Shop and Cabelas a long time ago.

He got a little tight with some of us yesterday for kidding so we won't do that today! Will we?

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 07/25/13 - 11:55 am
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Christmas

It's Christmas in July for all the hunters and fisherman!

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 07/25/13 - 11:57 am
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Restaurants

I am from where Bob Evans started as a small business and it would be great to have them here. I would also like a Boston Market and a Chipotle!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/25/13 - 01:38 pm
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I just want to know who gave

I just want to know who gave the biggest tax breaks, Columbia County or Richmond? There's no doubt both gave something.

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 07/25/13 - 01:44 pm
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REI Please

Now just build me an REI store by Costco and Cabelas and I will be a happy camper.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/25/13 - 02:19 pm
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mebbe bring back Sam Solomons

mebbe bring back Sam Solomons :facepalm:

BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/25/13 - 02:32 pm
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WACCAMAW

I wish Waccamaw would come back, but hear the Carolina Pottery is along that line, haven't been yet.

countyman
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countyman 07/25/13 - 02:45 pm
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The growth continues

Georgia Theater Company made their announcement today for the new movie theater in the VAR(Riverwatch 14). I'm sure the Chronicle will print the article very soon.

ColCo
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ColCo 07/25/13 - 02:44 pm
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Ammo

If you can't find ammo, you aren't looking. In the last week I've see significant stock of literally every caliber except .22LR. I even found bulk .223! None of it was at a price I was willing to pay, but if you want it, it's there to be had.

csrareader
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csrareader 07/25/13 - 02:58 pm
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Ammo availability has been

Ammo availability has been steadily improving, and hopefully will continue to improve. Actually, I haven't been unable to find what I needed in over a month.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 07/25/13 - 03:02 pm
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Anyone remember JM Fields??

Anyone remember JM Fields??

bdouglas
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bdouglas 07/25/13 - 03:03 pm
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Strange calibers are becoming

Strange calibers are becoming easier to find, yes. But your common 9mm, .40, .45, 357, etc. are still extremely scarce. The only ones you can find are the more expensive home defense type rounds, and even then only at the specialty stores. Never at a discounter like Walmart, Academy, etc. unless you're there when the truck arrives. And I dare you to try and find .22 ammo ANYWHERE nowadays.

csrareader
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csrareader 07/25/13 - 03:32 pm
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